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Happy Friday! Emma here and it feels like I just was saying Happy Monday. Where did this week go?! Anyways, we’re so excited to share the newest giveaway with you, one that will definitely come in handy if you’re ready to share your wedding date with guests. We’ve teamed up with the lovely Carryn over at Golden Silhouette, maker of beautiful paper goods for weddings, to offer a set of FREE save the date cards with envelopes. These save the date cards feature a dancing diagram design (it’s so adorable!) and you even get matching kraft envelopes. Take a look!
o Enter between 3/20/15-3/26/15 (11:59pm EST) o Prize: Thirty (30) Save the Date Cards with Envelopes by Golden Silhouette
About the Prize: 30 Dancing Diagram Save the Dates printed on beautiful white linen and paired with kraft paper or gold shimmer envelopes
Note: If additional quantities are needed, the winner will need to notify Golden Silhouette and arrange for payment.
o Winner has 72 hours to respond to winning email or new winner will be selected o Free shipping included anywhere! o No purchase necessary o Winner has 6 months to claim prize o Prize value: $125 | No cash value o Past giveaway winners within 30 days not eligible to win o Use entry form below to enter
It’s time to bust a move! We hope this photo of the day has you gearing up for this weekend’s weddings. The photo was taken by Christina from Nina Lily Photography a couple’s wedding at the National Constitution Center in Philadelphia, PA. For wedding-goers this weekend, get ready to work your stuff!
Today we’re talking about the first dance at your wedding, a topic not discussed very often. However, we feel it is an important part of your reception: it is, after all, your first official dance and the song you pick will be your song. So, today we’re sharing seven first dance mistakes to avoid to ensure yours goes off without a hitch. Also, tell us: what song have you picked for your first dance?
I’ll let you in on a little secret: when A & I originally picked our first dance song, it was EIGHT minutes long. Mind you, we were slightly kidding when we mentioned it to our DJ, but thankfully he was totally against it. He (gently) told us to, um, maybe scale back a bit. (Can you really imagine dancing for eight minutes straight?) Me & A’s first dance song was The Other Half of Me by Bobby Darin, one of our all-time favorites. Our Bobby Darin number came in at a sweet two minutes and twenty-nine seconds. And, come to think of it, it was the perfect amount of time. If your song is too long, guests will start to get bored; I mean, you’re really just twirling for minutes on end. They can really only watch for so long. Likewise, if your song is too short, you’ll feel cheated out of the moment. Pick something in-between and it will be just right.
The first dance is usually held immediately after dinner and ‘kicks off’ the dancing portion of the evening. Don’t wait too long after dinner or guests will be eager to dance and will have to wait.
MISTAKE #3: The Awkwardly Slow Song.
If you and your spouse-to-be aren’t slow dancers, don’t pick a slow song. Instead, pick a song that you feel comfortable dancing to. Also, super-slow songs can be really hard to dance to anyway. Make a list of at least three songs and give them a try before the big day.
MISTAKE #4: Forgetting to practice.
As mentioned in #3, you’ll want to practice your first dance before the big day. It doesn’t have to be a big to-do… just play some music in your living room and dance along to it. You’ll know right away if the song is too fast, too slow, or just right. If you can’t dance, be sure to take dance lessons before the big day.
MISTAKE #5: Forgetting to test the shoes.
And, while you’re at it, be sure to practice in the shoes you’ll be wearing at your wedding. It makes all the difference. If you’re nervous about wearing heels and being able to dance, bring along a pair of flats.
Before you finalize your song, read over the lyrics carefully. There are so many songs I’ve heard that people think are perfect for a first dance, but once you really read the lyrics it turns out the song isn’t romantic at all! Do your homework first just in case.
MISTAKE #7: Trying too hard.
Don’t try so hard! Just relax, focus on your spouse, and enjoy the moment in the spotlight.
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Don’t Forget to Commemorate It
Once your first dance song becomes ‘your song’, you should commemorate it. A piece of art for your home is one such idea. For instance, you can have one of your favorite wedding photos turned into a canvas with the song lyrics in the background. We love these! (By Geezees).
Want to entertain guests at a wedding? Wondering what you can do to make your reception fun for guests who don’t like to dance, or while guests wait for the reception to begin? We’ve rounded up some of our best entertaining ideas for your wedding from lawn games to a kissing booth — even a life-size Jenga game. Read on to find out more…
Immediately I knew I had to find out where to buy these…. and, I found them! You can buy a set here.
2. Wedding Kissing Booth
Create a custom kissing booth! Utilize in lieu of a receiving line, where guests can step up and say hello to the newly wedded couple. Or, use as a darling backdrop for couples to kiss in as a photo booth.
Guests LOVE to dance. Make sure you have ample dance floor space and excellent music playing all night long. Most of all, make sure you and your groom are out there dancing, too. It’s the best way to keep the party going!
A few more ideas we love include a cupcake and champagne cocktail hour, a 90’s cover band, a caricaturist, an ice cream bar, a bon fire, sky lanterns at night, and a sparkler grand exit. Remember, it’s your wedding day so tie in fun elements you and the groom love and guests will enjoy it, too!
“I recently photographed a destination wedding in Florida. I met the bride at a wedding I was shooting in NH, she lives in DC and the grooms family all lives in Florida. I was honored to be invited to be a part of this unique, creative wedding.
The best part? The dancing EVERYONE got into it. Kids, grandparents, both sides of the family… I was even forced to dance one song :)
It was such a celebration of love and the joining of two lives.”
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